- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 17, 2007

ARIZONA

Mexicans rescued from desert heat

TUCSON — U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued 28 persons from exposure and dehydration over the weekend after they traveled more than 70 miles in the desert, became lost and began feeling the effects of both temperature and monsoon humidity.

The agents, including members of the agency’s Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (Borstar) team, began the search after a member of the group placed a 911 call on his cell phone, Border Patrol officials said yesterday.

The search was conducted by Borstar agents, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopters and Casa Grande Border Patrol agents.

One member of the group, a Mexican man, was left behind and needed medical attention. Agents located and rescued the man, and he was treated for dehydration.

All were determined to be citizens of Mexico and were later deemed fit for travel before being returned to Mexico.

CALIFORNIA

Settlement approved for clergy accusers

LOS ANGELES — A judge yesterday approved a $660 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and more than 500 reported victims of clergy abuse, the largest payout yet in a nationwide sex abuse scandal.

Some of the plaintiffs sobbed as the deal was formally approved and a moment of silence was held for others who had died during the years of negotiations.

“This is the right result,” said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Haley Fromholz. “Settling the cases was the right thing to do, and it was done by dint of a number of extremely talented and dedicated people putting in an awful lot of time.”

The deal was reached after more than five years of negotiations and is by far the largest payout by any diocese since the clergy abuse scandal emerged in Boston in 2002. The individual payouts will vary according to the severity and duration of the purported abuse. The plaintiffs’ attorneys are expected to receive up to 40 percent of the settlement.

Ray Boucher, the lead plaintiffs’ attorney, asked his clients to stand during the hearing and thanked them for their resolve and their courage.

COLORADO

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